Miracles do happen

November 17, 2014
Today is the the fourth annual World Prematurity Day - 17th November.

It's an international day to raise awareness of preterm birth - 15 million babies are born prematurely around the world each year.

In October 2013, my baby boy Max was born 11 weeks early weighing just 1lb 12oz.
What should have been a joyful occasion was in fact a very frightening time. I had undergone an emergency c-section and my emotions were all over the place.

I feared for my baby. I had no control. I had to put all of my trust in the doctors and nurses to look after him and keep him alive.

I didn't get to hold him until the next day and even then, he was covered in wires and on oxygen. They call it Kangaroo care, placing the baby skin to skin with the mother.
When the nurse placed him on my chest, I could hardly feel him - he was so light in weight. He gripped my finger tight ... he had some strength and that gave me strength.
The work the doctors and nurses did was amazing. My baby was so tiny and they managed to care for him in such a gentle, delicate manner.
Each evening I would leave the neonatal unit in tears, but I knew I was leaving him in safe hands.

After 7 weeks, weighing a mighty 4lb 3oz, Max was allowed to come home.
Of course, all journeys are not as straight forward, so the work charities such as Bliss and Tommy's do is vital.

I know how lucky we are.

Pucker Up

November 12, 2014
This is my first Christmas make of 2014...
This mistletoe pattern is by Marina Hoffstrom and it's very well written. You can purchase it in her Etsy shop. 

I used Sirdar Cotton DK yarn and a 3mm hook. Instead of using pearls, I chose to use some pearl buttons.
A red ribbon bow finished it off and it's now ready to be hung over my doorway! xx

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Vampire Vodka (including label download)

September 27, 2014
Halloween isn't just for children! This Vampire Vodka will be a welcome addition to any spooky party this October!
It's basically a cherry infused vodka and is very simple to make.

The longer you leave it to mature, the better it gets †

I used a 250ml clip top preserve bottle.
To the bottle I added 100g of frozen cherries and 70g of caster sugar.

I then filled the bottle with vodka - don't use an expensive one!

After an initial very good shake, all you need to do is shake the bottle once a day. That's it!
And to make things even simpler, feel free to download the label I created - you can resize it as you wish!


If you have run out of time for Halloween, this recipe would be great for Christmas!

UPDATE: I found that after just two weeks the drink was already delicious!

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Shades of Autumn

September 23, 2014
So it's officially Autumn. Despite the sunny bright days, the nights are chilly and the leaves are starting to fall... all the inspiration I needed to create this scarf.
I followed a free pattern by Crochet In Color.

I used Sirdar Cotton DK yarn in autumnal colours and a 5mm hook and did 17 rows in total.
Instead of braiding my ends, I added a fringe. Here's a great tutorial showing how this is done.

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